Myrtle Beach Golfaway

Aerification – A Necessary Evil

By • May 27, 2010

It’s a gorgeous, sunny day and you and your mates have just left the first tee. Hustling down the fairway to your ball, you’re oblivious to all around you as you size up your approach shot. One by one, the four of you fire at the pin; your ball comes to rest about eight feet below the hole. You’re feeling pumped and ready to draw first blood; you know you’re within birdie range. Then you see them, @#%^+=! Hundreds of pesky little holes – the greens have just been “aerified”!

You’re totally ticked off because your nice little “eight footer” has now been taken completely out of your hands. The roll of the ball is totally dependent on the erratic bouncing and drifting that these little “airholes” create. Although understandably frustrating, aerification is really a short term intrusion that has long term benefits for the golf course. Please remember that without these little holes, the greens would eventually die. So the practice of aerification is an important and essential part of successful golf course maintenance.

Aerification is important for three reasons. (1) It relieves soil compaction, (2) It improves the soil mixture around the high parts of a green’s roots and (3) It helps reduce the accumulation of excess thatch. In order for grass to thrive and grow, it must have deep, healthy roots and good roots demand oxygen. In good quality soil, the roots get their oxygen from tiny pockets of air that is trapped between soil and sand particles. Aerification is a process that creates more air space in the soil and promotes deeper rooting and healthy grass.

In most cases, aerification is done by removing ½-inch cores from the compacted soil, allowing for an infusion of air and water that brings a resurgence of growth. The spaces are then filled with sand, known as “top dressing” that helps the soil retain air space and makes it easier for roots to grow downward. Remember that a little preventative maintenance produces the best greens over the long run. The bottom line is that aerification is very necessary, so before you curse the superintendent for ruining your day, just think that without aerification, the greens would die. Below is a Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Maintenance Schedule for 2010.

2010 Proposed Aerification

1 Aberdeen 6/7, 6/14, 6/21 (9 holes per week)
2 Arcadian Shores 7-June
3 Arrowhead 9 holes per week
4 Azalea Sands
5 Barefoot Dye 6-May 31-Aug
6 Barefoot Fazio 24-May 13-Sep
7 Barefoot Love 1-June 7-Sep
8 Barefoot Norman 17-May 1-Sep
9 Beachwood 24-May, 31-May 20-Aug
10 Beau Rivage
11 Belvedere
12 Black Bear
13 Blackmoor 7-June
14 Brick Landing
15 Brierwood
16 Brunswick 30-June
17 Burning Ridge June
18 Caledonia 9-June
19 Cape Fear National 1-June
20 Carolina National 5/24, 5/31, 6/7 9 holes per week
21 Carolina Shores 2-June
22 Castle Bay
23 Crow Creek 2-June 1-Sep
24 Crown Park 5/24, 6/28, 7/26
25 Cypress Bay
26 Dunes Club 25-May 7-Sep
27 Eagle Nest 1-June
28 Eastport
29 Farmstead 11-Jun
30 Founders @ Pawleys 2nd week June
31 Founders @ St James
32 Glen Dornoch
33 Grande Dunes 5/19, 5/27- 8/31, 9/8
34 Heather Glen June 9 holes per week
35 Heritage June 3 holes per week
36 Heron Point 1st week in June
37 Indian Wells 14-June
38 Indigo Creek 8-June
39 International Club 7-June 16-Aug
40 Island Green 27-May
41 Legends Heathland 28-June
42 Legends Moorland 22-July 6-Sep
43 Legends Parkland 14-June
44 Leopards Chase 31-May 6-Sep
45 Lions Paw 2-June 8-Sep
46 Litchfield 2-June
47 Lockwood 18-May, 27-July
48 Long Bay 15-June
49 Magnolia Greens
50 Man O War 25-May 7-Sep
51 Masonboro CC 24-May
52 MB National Kings North 5/24, 6/2, 7/13 7-Sep
53 MB National South 21-June 6-Sep
54 MB National West 17-May 5-Sep
55 Meadowlands 18-June
56 Members @ St James
57 Myrtlewood Palmetto 31-May
58 Myrtlewood Pine Hills 17-May
59 North Shore
60 Oak Island
61 Olde Point
62 Oyster Bay
63 Palmetto Greens
64 Panthers Run Closed June-Aug
65 Pawleys Plantation 21-June
66 Pearl East 31-May 6-Sep
67 Pearl West 14-June 13-Sep
68 Pine Lakes 8-June
69 Players @ St James
70 Possum Closed 5/17-6/17
71 Prestwick 30-May
72 Quail Creek at CCU 29-May
73 Reserve @ St James
74 River Club Closed 6/25-8/18
75 River Hills 31-May
76 River Landing – River
77 River Landing – Landing
78 River Oaks 9 holes per week
79 Rivers Edge 2-June
80 Sandpiper Bay 5/4, 5/12, 5/23
81 Sea Trail Byrd 10-June 23-Aug
82 Sea Trail Jones 27-May 1-Sep
83 Sea Trail Maples 24-May 9-Sep
84 Shaftesbury Glen 14-June
85 Thistle 1-Jun 31-Aug
86 Tidewater 7-June
87 Tigers Eye 1-June 7-Sep
88 TPC 15-June
89 Tradition 1-June
90 True Blue 15-June
91 Wachesaw East 7-June
92 Waterway Hills 6/14, 6/18, 6/21, 6/25
93 Whispering Pines
94 Wicked Stick 31-May
95 Wild Wing Avocet 24-May 7-Sep
96 Willbrook 6/9, 7/27
97 Witch 6-June
98 Wizard 27-May 13-Sep
99 Woodland Valley 24-May
100 World Tour 31-May
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Born in Durban, South Africa, Azor fell in love with the game a little late in life. He served an apprenticeship in the printing industry and then went into print sales. In the early nineties he moved to the United States with his wife Glynis, and their two sons Dave and Clint. In 1994 he and Glynis established "Electronic Pencil" a Graphic Design company. In 2004 they started a golf magazine; he currently enjoys writing for their publication and writing the editorial for Myrtle Beach Golfaway’s website. “Besides the challenge and fun factor, the camaraderie on the golf course is second to none, it’s a blessing to spend time with good people and play a great game in such tranquil settings,” says Azor.
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  1. This is a very informative blog. Does this company also work with Coastal Golf Away, 1229 38th Ave. N#172, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572?

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